Dear Friends,


Thank you to everyone who came out to the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center in Ypsilanti Township Monday night to hear Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba explain Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to finally fix our doggone roads.


The meeting began with a fact filled PowerPoint presentation that clearly laid out the challenges created by years of underfunding our state’s infrastructure.


This was followed by a question and answer period moderated by Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo. Supervisor Stumbo did an outstanding job of presenting the audience’s questions and facilitating a stimulating discussion, yet, by the end of our allotted time, there were still several questions that we just couldn’t get to.


I’ve posted questions along with my responses on my website at under the “Fixing the Doggone Roads” tab near the top of the page. There will be a lot of information, and it will take me some time to compile, so please check the site periodically for updates.


I kick-off this virtual discussion with some of the most frequently asked questions; Why does Michigan allow overweight commercial trucks on our roads? Don’t these heavy vehicles damage our roads? Why aren’t they paying their fair share to fix the roads?


You’ll find comprehensive responses to these questions from myself and the Michigan Department of Transportation by visiting and clicking on the “Fixing the Doggone Roads” tab near the top of the page. Be sure to let me know what you think by email at or phone at (517) 373-1771.




Ronnie Peterson

State Representative

54th House District